Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-08-27

By Cassady Weldon 

Registration is now open for Samford University’s annual Family Weekend on Oct. 3-5. 

Family weekend events include a Samford Theatre production of “The Wind and the Willows,” a movie on the University Quadrangle, Hodges chapel tours, tailgating, and Samford soccer and football games.  The 2 p.m. Saturday football game features the renewal of Samford’s rivalry with Mercer University, a new member of the Southern Conference. The teams last played in 1940. 

The annual Samford Hymn Sing at 2 p.m. Sunday rounds out the weekend schedule. 

Susan Doyle, new director of parent programs and a Samford parent, knows the value of getting involved in Family Weekend and the Samford parent community. 

Family weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with your student and to get to know the Samford community, Doyle added. 

“When our daughter came to Samford, the depths of the friendships that I would make didn’t cross my mind,” Doyle said. “I discovered the opportunity I had to make deep, lasting friendships with other families of our daughter’s friends, and it has been serendipity.” 

Tickets to family weekend events will be sold “a la carte,” Doyle explained, so participants may choose which events in they would like to participate. 

Online registration closes at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 28.  

Cassady Weldon is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.